From catapulting flaming soldiers over castle walls to sitting on active geysers, humans have long been fixated on flying through the air. Absorb the wonderment of flight with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get your choice of a one-person, one-hour-long flight lesson in a smaller helicopter (a $150 value) or a larger helicopter (a $250 value), or a 15-minute chopper tour for up to three people (a $150 value for three people) at Silverhawk Aviation Academy in Caldwell. This deal expires in three months.
During the 15-minute tour, up to three people and their esteemed, professional pilot will turn into bird's eye viewers. The chopper will float over downtown Caldwell, then off to Lake Lowell within the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, and trace part of the shoreline to the dam. Set up a game of flying time bingo to incentivize copter-mates to spot the park's abundant beavers, incidental elk, or an uncommon mountain lion.
Those who are considering self-piloting a rotorcraft can test the training airs with an hour-long lesson. A half hour of groundwork training with a certified flight instructor prepares novice copter pilots for a solid take-off, followed by a half hour of higher-than-building, hands-on hovering. Like cellular phone minutes and reusable cake slices, the airtime is good toward future flight training and certification. Equipped with flying experience, intimidating drives along mountainsides will feel traversable, and future flights will provide an opportunity to tell the ticket agent that you really prefer the pilot's chair. Call to schedule your moment in the sky at least 48 hours in advance.
This Groupon is subject to availability and weather. Cancellations require at least a 24 hours' notice, or the Groupon is forfeited. Must be at least two years old. There is a maximum weight of 300 pounds per person and a maximum combined weight of 575 pounds per group.
Silverhawk Aviation’s owner, Catherine Rad Weber, built a school not only to teach people how to fly, but to learn to love their wings as well. Her comprehensive curriculum challenges students to fly at high altitudes, in different weather conditions, and over diverse terrain, training helicopter pilots who will be comfortable in the cockpit anywhere in the world. The program includes hands-on experience in caring for the rides, moving them in and out of hangars, and safely washing them without getting soap in their eyes.
Whether training or touring, visitors receive eyefuls of southern Idaho’s diverse geological features. The helicopters surmount rugged mountains, speed over mesas and high deserts, and ride air currents above rivers that wind their way into deep canyons. Apart from stunning the brain’s beauty receptors, this splendor provides a natural obstacle course against which more experienced pilots test their skill, zipping around rock spires or hopping the feet of their craft neatly through pristine fields of tire plants.
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